Welcome to Paris - this is the city where you can get a great workout climbing the steps of the Notre Dame bell towers like Quasimodo; where you can play tennis or jog behind the Senate in Catherine de Medicis Luxembourg Gardens; where you can ride both horses and bicycles in the 17th century gardens of Louis XIV out at Versailles; or join the joggers circling the Eiffel Tower in their Yves St. Laurent sweats. ...keep reading about keeping fit in Paris
Gyms: All the gyms in Paris that I could find, listed by arrondissement. If you would like to add one to the list, email me at email@example.com
Aerobics American Style: Schedule and description of classes at the American Church in Paris
More resources in Paris: Books, magazines, offices, to find fitness/sports information both in English and French
Fitness resources for children: See the topic, children's sports.
Chameleon Fitness, Paris' premiere training team providing private classes in personal training, pilates and yoga, tel: 01.4575.9290, email firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information on this method, visit our website: www.chameleonfitness.net
Yoga and more, including group meditation sessions that are held the 1st Sunday of each month at 7pm, at the Centre de Yoga du Marais. For more information, tel: 01.42.74.24.92 or email email@example.com.
Corebody Centre de Pilates is almost too professional but don't let that put you off. See their site at www.corebodypilates.com/
élément Pilates studio, also features yoga and massage, and recently added Gyrotonics, with two studios: 41 rue de Richelieu, 75001, Metro Pyramides, tel: 01.40.20.42.62, and 16 rue de la Grande-Chaumière, 75006, tel: 01.53.10.86.00; see their website at www.elementparis.com.
Espace Pilates de Boulogne - good teachers, friendly staff, in a French setting outside central Paris. See www.pilates-boulogne.com.
Ney's Pilates Studio features the trademark Stott Pilates method, 21 rue des Coutures, Meudon-Bellevue, tel: 01.45.34.70.71 or 06.76.57.76.15, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on this method, see the website: www.stottpilates.com.
Pilates instructor/personal trainer: Ben, tel: 06.6445.9206
Le Studio Pilates de Paris has been around for a while as a French centre, at 39, rue du Temple, 4e, tel: 01.42.72.91.74, see www.studiopilatesdeparis.com, or email owner Philippe Taupin.
The Dailey Method, inspired by Pilates, classes given at 71, av Victor Hugo, 16e, tel: 01.405.67.98.57 or email email@example.com
Wendy Fisk, personal trainer from the UK, offers personal fitness training with cardiovascular, resistance and core training, available for one-to-one or group fitness classes, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 06.31.17.46.45.
American dancer/choreographer Clara Gibson Maxwell teaches Alexander classes with a Pilates accent. See www.kaoloskaisophos.org.
YOGA (also see yoga topic)
Ashtanga Yoga offered at Ashtanga Paris studio, 64 avenue d'Italie, 75013, Metro Place d'Italie, tel: 01.45.80.19.96 or 06.22.32.52.16, email email@example.com.
Also offering Ashtanga is Caroline Boulingues, at Samasthiti Studio, in the 4th arr., tel: 01.44.07.31.33, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the more established yoga institutions is the Sivananda Yoga Center, 123 bd de Sebastopol, 10e, tel: 01.40.26.77.49, email email@example.com. Saturday workshops are held weekly, participants can choose either 14h-16h or the whole day from 11h-18h+. For a schedule of topics, see their website, www.sivananda.org.
For those who like it hot, check out the centre for Bikram Yoga, 17 rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 9e, tel: 01.42.47.18.52 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A second location recently opened, BikramYoga 2, at 13, rue Simon Le Franc, 75004.
Prana Stretch, a yoga-based stretch class, by Ann Moradian, tel: 01.40.70.07.85, for info, email: email@example.com or see www.ki-school.fr/prana_gb.html.
Julie Platus, an American teacher with a spiritual approach, teaches as part of Yoga in English, 17th arr. and other locations in Paris, tel: 01.56.68.04.26 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Red Earth Centre offers an eclectic array of classes, including yoga, shiatsu, botuh and flamenco, at 235 rue La Fayette, 75010, tel: 01.40.38.40.52.
Living in or near St. Germain-en-Laye? Nick Marshall is a personal trainer and yoga teacher, and runs a centre with lots of classes. His approach is based on something called Yoga Mala, and he likes the idea of integrating yoga with sports. Nice website: www.yoga78.fr.
Damon de Berry, personal trainer originally from New Zealand. He's been in Paris since 2003, certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, with lots of experience working with individuals, teams and elite athletes. He offers one-on-one boxing and kickboxing classes. Call him at 06.88.51.34.03 or damon @ optimumstudio.com.
Bootcamp, anyone? Waite Training is offering a 4-week bootcamp programme on Saturdays & Sundays in July at parks around Paris. For more info, see http://waitebootcamp.com.
Interested in martial arts? Edward H, who runs the Meetup group below, gives Bagua and Chen Taiji classes at the Espace Nataraja, 12 rue Hippolyte Lebas, 9eme, Paris. For more, see his excellent site, www.transformativemartialarts.com.
La gym Suedoise "programmes amusants, musique gaie, mouvements adaptes, super ambiance". Liv & Lust, and Friskis & Svettis give classes both in the 17th arrondissement and the 7th. Tel: 01.4500.1822, www.lagymsuedoise.com.
Rock and salsa classes offered in French every Wednesday at 7pm, at the Faculte de Medecine Necker, 156 rue de Vaugirard, 15e, Metro Pasteur, 2nd floor salle de sport. Information, tel: 06.0902.0546 or email email@example.com.
West Coast Swing beginners classes offered in French, Wed nights 17h30-18h30, at Studio Rey, 13 rue Simon Lefranc, 4e, tel: 01.4274.5379.
The art of Master Masamichi NORO, a gentle martial art, offered by Thanh Thien Nguyen, 19h15-21h15 Monday and Wednesday, at the American Church Community Center, 65 quai d'Orsay, 7eme. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 01.34.17.73.67 or 06.61.25.71.67, or see www.ki-school.fr.
Climbing wall: Antre Bloc has been called a climber's paradise, with steep climbs, bouldering, a gym, sauna and even a social bar. 5 rue Henri-Barbusse, in Villejuif, Paris' easy-to-get-to south suburb, tel: 01.47.26.52.44.
Pedro de Alcantara, long-time Alexander Technique teacher and workshop organiser, tel: 01.43.38.22.83 or 06.70.00.18.67, email: email@example.com.
Alexander Technique teacher/presenter/writer, Alexis Niki, tel: 01.49.23.53.01, website: www.alexisniki.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
American dancer/choreographer Clara Gibson Maxwell teaches Alexander classes with a Pilates accent. For more, see www.kaloskaisophos.org.
(For more information on the Alexander Technique, see this general website.)